Sunday, 13 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's Programme For Government

The article below has been reproduced from the BBC News website and is their summary of Jeremy Corbyn's programme for government. 

I agree with pretty much all of it and look forward to taking it to and talking about it on the doorsteps of Redlands.

What is Jeremy Corbyn's programme for government?

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Jeremy Corbyn says he wants a "fundamental shift" in economic policy and for Labour to be a "credible alternative" rather than "Tory light". To those who say he wants to take the party back to the 1980s, he has said he'd go back a decade further, to the 1970s Wilson/Callaghan Labour government.
According to his critics, the Islington North MP's vision for Britain is so left-wing it would make the Labour Party unelectable. But what do we know so far about the policies he would want to bring in if he did win power?

The economy

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There would be an end to austerity, higher taxes for the rich and protection for people on welfare - and a new crackdown on tax avoidance and tax evasion, as well as "corporate welfare", tax breaks for companies. He claims this plan could "double" the NHS's income.
He believes in paying off the deficit but not through spending cuts - and not to meet an "arbitrary" date.
Mr Corbyn has also said he would consider introducing a "maximum wage" to cap the pay of top executives and he would renationalise the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The Bank of England would be allowed to print money - People's Quantitative Easing - for "new large scale housing, energy, transport and digital projects". Mr Corbyn says this would create "a million skilled jobs and genuine apprenticeships" with knock-on boosts for the supply chain.
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Image captionMr Corbyn has promised more apprenticeships
Critics, including Labour's current shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, say this would lead to higher inflation and interest rates, with the poorest households paying the price. Mr Leslie also questions Mr Corbyn's claim that £120bn could be recovered from tax avoidance and evasion. Corporation tax would increase under Mr Corbyn. The government would still aim to reduce the deficit, but at a slower rate and through increased investment and higher taxes rather than spending cuts.

Foreign policy

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Mr Corbyn has called for a "radically different international policy", based on "political and not military solutions". In the Middle East, Mr Corbyn says you have to "talk to everybody" to secure peace. He would look to withdraw from Nato and is opposed to air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The EU

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Mr Corbyn says he supports the UK remaining in the EU, but wants to see "a better Europe". He opposes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal outright. He had previously refused to rule out campaigning to leave, and also said he had "mixed feelings" on the issue, leading to criticism from his pro-European rivals.


School classroom
National Education Service, following the NHS model, would be established. State-funded academies and free schools would be forced to return to local authority control. Mr Corbyn would look to end public schools' charitable status, although he accepts this would be complicated and may not happen immediately. Tuition fees would be scrapped, at a cost of £10bn, and replaced with grants. His10-point plan also pledges universal childcare.


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Mr Corbyn has pledged to eradicate PFI deals from the NHS by using government money to buy them out.
In an article for The Guardian, he vowed to clear up the PFI "mess" created by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, which he claimed was costing the health service billions.


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Rent controls in places like central London would be introduced to help families on benefits to pay their rent. Mr Corbyn has also called for the right-to-buy scheme, which allowed tenants in council and social housing to purchase their homes at a discount, to apply to those living in privately-rented accommodation, although it's not quite clear how that would work. By 2025, he is promising "decent homes for all in public and private sectors".


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The UK would not spend 2% of GDP on defence, as pledged by the current government. The Trident nuclear missile system would be scrapped.

The Royal Family

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The royals would be safe for the time being. Although he is a committed republican, Mr Corbyn told the New Statesman: "It's not the fight I'm going to fight: it's not the fight I'm interested in."


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Britain's railway network would be renationalised. He is opposed to the HS2 scheme linking London with the north of England, claiming it would turn northern cities into "dormitories for London businesses".


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Energy companies would be renationalised. Mr Corbyn has said he would be "much happier" with a "regulated, publicly run service delivering energy supplies". There would be a moratorium on fracking, which Mr Corbyn has called "dangerous to the environment".
The Labour leadership contender has also said he would consider re-opening Britain's coal mines.

Political reform

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Mr Corbyn wants Labour's new increased following to be more involved in the running of the party and has proposed a review of membership fees to make the party more "inclusive". He would ensure half of his shadow cabinet were women

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Monday, 17 August 2015

Redlands Parking: Public Consultation Announced

New Ideas For Residents Parking In Redlands
Earlier in the summer we promised to work up some new ideas to deal with the ever growing pressures on residents' car parking in Redlands.

So, we can now publish details of those ideas, together with the date of a Public Consultation event.


  1. A Resident Permit (RP) parking is proposed between 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, to protect parking for residents in residential streets where the majority of households do not have off-street parking.
  2. Pay & Display (P&D) limited hours parking is proposed between 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, in the areas of highest demand near the Royal Berks Hospital and the University of Reading.
  3. Shared use P&D / RP parking where the majority of households do have off-street parking allowing residents’ permit holders to park all day.
  4. P&D parking charges are proposed to be in line with current charges for the RBH multi-storey car park.
  5. No changes are proposed to the current arrangements on roads with existing RP schemes.
  6. It is proposed to incorporate all roads with RP schemes between Redlands Road and Eastern Avenue (but not including Eastern Avenue) into a wider 15R zone.
  7. Limited free waiting parking provision on Erleigh Road (between Alexander Road and Eastern Ave) to enable parking for the local shops.
  8. The provision of on-street parking in the scheme area has been maximised in accordance with highway rules and the requirements of the emergency services.

 Exhibition and Informal Consultation

Monday 28 September 2015   5:00pm to 7:00pm

St Lukes Church Hall, Erleigh Road
Traffic officers, Fire Brigade and your local
Labour Councillors will be there to hear your views.

 Parking Schemes for Residents Explained In A Nutshell

  • Each household is allowed a maximum of 2 permits.
  • Permits will only be issued to cars registered at an owner’s address within Redlands parking scheme area.
  • The 1st parking permit is FREE, the 2nd costs £120 a year.
  • Each household is entitled to 2 books of 20 half-day visitor tickets FREE each year and more books can be purchased at £22 a book.
  • More details of how the scheme works can be found at:

Please let us know what you think

Contact Tony:   0771 414 9927 @TonyJonesLab
Contact David:   0777 181 9788 @davidabsolom
Contact Jan:   0782 886 7950 @cllrJanGavin
Post to: Redlands Labour Party, 34, Morgan Road, Reading RG1 5HG